Canada is mirroring Europe in its embrace of euthanasia thanks to the country’s psychiatrists approving of euthanizing their own patients.
Millions of people turn to professional help to deal with depression, suicidal thoughts, and other challenging problems, but the Canadian Psychiatric Association calls it discriminatory if the country’s current law prohibits their patients from ending their own lives.
According to National Review Online, Canada’s government has dropped the requirement that death is “reasonably foreseeable” to qualify for "medical aid in dying," or euthanasia.
With that change coming, CPA is demanding that its patients qualify, too. Once that provision is repealed, NRO explained, citing the country’s own Department of Justice website, psychiatric conditions diagnosed “irremediable” could qualify for death, including those with mental illness.
Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition says Canadian officials have created a “set of principles” for doctors to follow.
“But right off the bat this is the wrong idea,” he warns. “Psychiatrists are supposed to be caring for people with mental illness, supposed to be caring for people who have suicidal ideation, not killing them.”
He credits the American Psychiatric Association for making it clear that doctors should not be involved in killing those in their care.
“I'll go one step further: In Canada, you have a situation where capital punishment is not permitted, so right off the bat physicians traditionally do not participate in capital punishment because they believe it's wrong for a physician to do so,” Schadenberg observes. “And here you will now have psychiatrists involved in euthanasia.”